Thursday, 21 October 2010
Lib Dems - They don't like it up em!
Anyway for your delectation here is the Lib Dem Motion and the Green Amendment. For the record the Green amendment was defeated by the Cons and Lib Dems but was supported by many Labour Cllrs. The Lib Dem motion was passed.
Lib Dem motion
Coalition Government's Commitment to Tackling Climate Change
This Council congratulates the Coalition Government for their positive commitment to tackling climate change.
Green Party Amendment
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‘questions the Coalition Government’s commitment to tackling climate change based on:-
• the breaking of a promise by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats prior to the election to include early adopters of solar panels such as Kirklees in the Feed In Tariff
• the abolition of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial Strategy which would have provided strong policies to encourage microgeneration in new buildings.
• the breaking of a commitment by the Liberal Democrats not to support new nuclear power stations the cost of which will now be borne by the public.
• the end of a commitment by the previous government to insulate all lofts and cavity walls where technically possible to 2020.
• the abolition of the Sustainable Development Commission which actually saved the Government money.
• Cuts of £12.6m from The Carbon Trust's grant for low carbon technology and business support funding from DECC
• Cuts of £4.7m by cancelling final rounds of Bio-Energy Capital Grants Scheme and Bio-Energy Infrastructure Scheme
• Cuts of £3m by reducing the scope of the Offshore Wind Capital Grants Scheme
• Cuts of £3m from closing the Low Carbon Buildings Programme early
• £2.9m cuts by reducing the scope of the government's Low Carbon Technology Programme
• £1m cut to funding for development of deep geothermal energy generation
• £700,000 cut by the closing of renewable technology trials early
• The damage caused to the solar thermal, biomass and heat pump industry by the long period of speculation over the future of the Renewable Heat Incentive
• The damage caused to the solar PV and small wind industry by long speculation over the future of the Feed In Tariff
• The reported reduction in the Feed In Tariff by 10%
• The halving in funding for Carbon Capture and Storage Projects
• The reduction in funding from the proposed £6Billion to £2 Billion for the Green Investment Bank
• The proposed abolition of the Warm Front scheme for Low Income households
• The 10% increase in funding for nuclear decommissioning
• The cancelling of the Severn Barrage which could have provided 5% of the UK's electricity needs
This Council has the following concerns about the Coalition Government’s ‘Green Deal’
• An over emphasis on supermarkets as the deliverer of the Green Deal when clearly Council schemes such as the free insulation provided by Kirklees Council demonstrably deliver high numbers of measures while schemes lead by supermarkets have performed poorly.
• The reported omission of microgeneration from the Green Deal finance package
• A loan mechanism will not be the most cost effective way of funding low cost measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation.
This Council calls on the Coalition Government to ensure the Green Deal
• makes Councils a key partner and/or deliverer of the programme.
• enables area based approaches for the delivery of insulation and microgeneration measures
• has a cost effective way of delivering low cost measures such as insulation measures
This Council calls on the Cabinet to
• develop a free area based solar photovoltaic programme to be made available to all households where technically possible and where there is no impact on Council budgets.
• Add carbon reduction as a 5th Council Priority
• Develop a comprehensive action plan to reduce carbon which based including energy conservation, energy efficiency, behavioral change and green energy.